Stained glass paint is basically a form of paint that is available at most art and craft stores. The paint is specifically designed to be applied to — and adhere to — glass or acrylic glass. This allows the designer to make breathtaking art designs that are unique and personal while allowing the artist to save a substantial amount of money. There are various substances from which stained glass paint is made, and even though they all work, each form has specific uses. In order for the stained glass paint to dry correctly, it has to be kiln-dried at a certain temperature, depending on which type and brand is being used.
Vinegar trace paint is the darker pigmented blend that will block any light from the sun. This type of stained glass paint is used for outlining forms and objects or for separating different patterns within the the work of art. The vinegar trace paint is the foundation of each and every separate figure or object that is being created on the stained glass window.
Matt paint is the second form of stained glass paint that can be acquired. This particular material also has a limited selection of colors that can be purchased, so it is commonly used for tracing or shading. Matt paint is not as hard to apply as vinegar trace paint is, so it can easily be blended by using a brush, or even a finger, to obtain the desired look and texture.
Silver stain is a stained glass paint that comes in more vibrant colors. It gets its name from being produced with silver nitrate. Unlike most of the stained glass paint that is available on the market, silver stain actually changes the color of the glass rather than just covering it with color.
The final type of stained glass paint that is available to use, and the one that is most common, is oil-based paint. These paints are easy to work with, are available in almost every color that might be needed and can be applied with any basic oil brush. Even though these paints are the most common when it comes to stained glass paints, the colors fade with time and can blend together if they are not allowed to dry properly.